Namaste news: Women in India are turning invasive plant into yoga mats

In India, six women from a fishing community are collecting water hyacinth, an invasive plant species, from Deepor Beel Lake and turning them into...

Biocement looks to solve infrastructure’s massive carbon problem

In North Carolina, startup Biomason is making tiles and bricks out of bacteria to provide an alternative to cement, which is responsible for large...

Blood enzyme could hold key for self-healing concrete

In Massachusetts, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a promising technology for self-repairing concrete. The breakthrough could help cut down on the enormous amount...

3D-printed algae may solve Mars’ voyage air and energy challenge

In the Netherlands, a project led by Delft University of Technology has successfully printed photosynthetic biological material—a breakthrough that could one day help create...

Fun guys on Mars: Mycelium eyed for astronaut houses

In California, a researcher at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California has received additional funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts to evaluate the...

Vietnamese company develops plastic made from used coffee grounds

In Vietnam, AirXcoffee has developed a plastic using used coffee grounds that can be used in disposable tableware and other items currently made from...

Cornflake waste eyed as future packaging material

In Germany, researchers at Göttingen University have developed a packaging material out of the popcorn-like material left over from manufacturing the corn flakes popular...

3-D printing wood waste could save endangered trees

In California, 3-D printing innovators have successfully printed sawdust and binder in a way that mimics the grain of a tree—a process that can...

Danish firm introduces apple waste leather

In Copenhagen, a startup is developing a process that converts apple waste to a leather alternative.  Beyond Leather Materials calls the material Leap after the...

Tufts researchers develop leather alternative from silk, chitosan

In Boston, researchers at Tufts have created a 3D printed leather alternative using silk and various wastes. The process mixes silk fibers with a...

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Mycelium grill brings the “fun-guy” to the BBQ

In Switzerland, design student Stephanie Singer has created a biodegradable grill made from mycelium and other renewable materials. Dubbed MYC, the structural elements are fireproof...

“Living” coffins prove popular in Netherlands

In the Netherlands, living coffins made of mycelium and moss have been so popular that the manufacturer has had to expand production. According to Living...

High-end headphones feature tree bioplastic

In Tennessee, Eastman Chemical says its tree-based engineering bioplastics are being used in premium headphones manufactured by Ontario’s thinksound. The over-ear headphones, dubbed ov21,...